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The founder of Asia Art Tours, Matthew Dagher-Margosian interviews the world's most unique people for conversations on art, travel, politics and creativity.

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The founder of Asia Art Tours, Matthew Dagher-Margosian interviews the world's most unique people for conversations on art, travel, politics and creativity.

    Dr. Brad East - On Faith in a Better World when 'Losing is Likely'

    Dr. Brad East - On Faith in a Better World when 'Losing is Likely'

    How do we pursue justice when 'losing is likely'? How can faith teach us to better care for the earth? Why does the technocratic language of the  White Western Left, fail in providing spiritual reasons for overturning Capitalism?  I discussed all this with  Dr. Brad East of Abilene Christian University & his essay for The Point Magazine: 'When Losing is Likely, Wendell Berry's Conservative Radicalism'

    Dr. East's essay for The Point Magazine, When Losing is Likely, Wendell Berry's Conservative Radicalism,  can be found here: https://thepointmag.com/criticism/when-losing-is-likely/

    For more with Dr. East you can read his collected writings here: https://www.bradeast.org/about 

    Music by Prod Riddiman: https://www.youtube.com/c/ProdRiddiman/videos

    • 58 min
    Chang Che on Wang Huning: The Mind behind Xi & the Modern CCP

    Chang Che on Wang Huning: The Mind behind Xi & the Modern CCP

    I spoke to Chang Che of SupChina for a fascinating conversation on Wang Huning, the strategist behind Xi Jinping & the Modern CCP

    We discuss Wang's role in crafting China's authoritarianism to implement capitalist reforms, how Wang's writings convinced party leaders that America would ultimately collapse, the current state of Nihilism in both the US and China amongst young people, and the contrasting legacy of China's 'Covid-Zero' and America's "Covid for Everyone". 



    For more w. Chang please read his work on Sup China here: https://supchina.com/author/changche/



    You can also find a website of all his writings here: https://changnche.com/



    Music by Prod Riddiman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyLbRJEFSa8 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Paul Passavant: The Policing of Public Space in America

    Paul Passavant: The Policing of Public Space in America

    I spoke to Paul Passavant, author of: Policing Protest: The Post-Democratic State and the Figure of Black Insurrection. We discuss the policing of protest in America, how public spaces have slowly become privatized and thus subject to policing, and the future of protest inside an increasingly authoritarian U.S 

    For more w. Dr. Passavant you can find his book here, out on Duke University Press: https://www.dukeupress.edu/policing-protest

    Music by Prod Riddiman: https://www.youtube.com/c/ProdRiddiman/videos 

    • 51 min
    Colleen Wood: Russian Imperialism in Central Asia

    Colleen Wood: Russian Imperialism in Central Asia

    I spoke to Central Asia expert Colleen Wood on the history of Russian Colonialism in Central Asia. Topics include how Russia structured Central Asia economies, how the Soviet system sought to instill Nationalism and break traditional viewpoints on nature, and how the influx of Russians fleeing Putin's War is raising new questions about "whiteness" and racism within the region. 



    For more of Colleen's work please check out her website here: https://colleenwood.rocks/



    Music by Scarim: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXOwuxwMzfs  

    • 47 min
    Ananth Krishnan: How India sees China & how China sees India

    Ananth Krishnan: How India sees China & how China sees India

    We spoke to Ananth Krishnan of The Hindu & The India-China Newsletter for a deep dive on how India sees China & how China sees India. 



    We discuss the points of cooperation and tension between the two nations, the horrific synchronicity islamophobic nationalism in both nations, the differences in how these countries see spaces like Tibet, The LAC or Taiwan, and if authoritarianism is the future for India & China. 



    For more if Ananth's writing you can see his work regularly in the Hindu, and subscribe to his newsletter here: https://indiachina.substack.com/



    Music by Prod Riddiman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhOaj6JkI0M

    • 55 min
    Temur Umarov: The Economic Relationships of Central Asia, Russia & China

    Temur Umarov: The Economic Relationships of Central Asia, Russia & China

    I spoke to policy expert Temur Umarov on the economic relationships between Central Asia, Russia & China as well as how regional policies (Xinjiang, One Belt One Road, The War in Ukraine) are impacting capitalism throughout the region. 

    It's a fascinating conversation on Neoliberalism, Shock Therapy, and the global importance of Central Asia. For more w. Temur, you can find his biography here: https://carnegiemoscow.org/experts/1738

    Music by Scarim: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDWvl8awZxSfoPRtsjw2zhw 

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

caleb_podcasts ,

Awesome podcast!

This podcast is so amazing because Matthew does such a great job of finding very unique guests and allowing them to tell their awesome stories. You will learn so much while also being truly entertained!

NPM313 ,

Unique, informed perspectives

Keep up the good work. I just listened to the most recent one and fully agree about First Reformed. What a powerful movie.

Chetan Madaan ,

Very through and informative

I listened to the episode with Neha Dixit and i haven’t looked back since. In-depth discussions on very broad array of topics & highly recommended.

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